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The Rockies struggles continue as they fell to the Giants on Friday night.

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The Rockies got a good start from Kyle Kendrick but were unable to take advantage as they got beat by the Giants 11-8

Kyle Kendrick pitched a solid game, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs while striking out four and walking three. Kendrick has thrown three straight solid starts and has allowed just seven runs over his last 20 1/3 innings pitched.

Kendrick first ran into some serious trouble in the third when he loaded the bases for arguably the best hitter on the Giants team, Buster Posey. Kendrick wanted nothing to do with Posey and would attempt to nibble the corners but eventually walked Posey to give the Giants a 1-0 lead. Kendrick would then strike out Brandon Belt to strand the bases loaded.

The Rockies offense continued their struggling ways and were held hitless until the bottom of the fourth when Wilin Rosario singled on a sharp ground ball to center field. That hit unfortunately didn’t get anything going as Ben Paulsen quickly lined out to center field to end the inning.

Kendrick would run into some more trouble in the sixth when he allowed a single to Buster Posey that was followed by an absolute bomb off the bat of Brandon Belt.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Belted?src=hash">#Belted</a>. <a href="https://t.co/Tnbo4jYTde">https://t.co/Tnbo4jYTde</a></p>&mdash; MLB (@MLB) <a href="https://twitter.com/MLB/status/601950729591345152">May 23, 2015</a></blockquote>

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The home run hit the third deck and was estimated at 475 feet, also known as a "third-deck monster freaking home run."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Brandon Belt just hit a third-deck monster freaking home run off Kyle Kendrick. Everybody ahhhed. That&#39;s edging to party deck territory.</p>&mdash; Nick Groke (@nickgroke) <a href="https://twitter.com/nickgroke/status/601931374166028288">May 23, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Kendrick would pitch into the seventh inning but would be relieved by Ken Roberts with a runner on second base and one out. The Giants would get after Ken Roberts with three singles and a double to extend their lead to 7-0.

Wilin Rosario and Nick Hundley led off the bottom of the seventh with back-to-back singles to set up a three run opposite field home run from DJ LeMahieu to bring the Rockies within four runs.

The Rockies offense would pick back up again in the eighth when Troy Tulowitzki and Wilin Rosario hit back-to-back doubles to shrink the lead to just three runs. Ben Paulsen would then walk to bring the tying run in Nick Hundley to the plate. Hundley would ground out to third to end the inning.

The Giants added on four more runs in the ninth off of Christian Bergman to push their lead to 11-4.

The Rockies started to build a rally in the bottom of the ninth off of Jeremy Affeldt as they scored one run and had runners on first and second with no outs but shortly after the game went into a firework filled rain delay.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Coors Field rain delay fireworks: <a href="http://t.co/4iJYhvAAle">pic.twitter.com/4iJYhvAAle</a></p>&mdash; Nick Groke (@nickgroke) <a href="https://twitter.com/nickgroke/status/601966307630714881">May 23, 2015</a></blockquote>

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That's how all rain delays should be.

The Rockies eventually picked back up after an hour and a half rain delay and they picked up right where they left off. It was a strange decision as the Giants decided to leave Jeremy Affeldt in to pitch after the long rain delay. Michael McKenry laced an RBI single and Carlos Gonzalez quickly followed with an RBI single of his own.

The Giants turned to closer Santiago Casilla and he quickly got Troy Tulowitzki and Wilin Rosario to fly out. But the Rockies still weren't quite done. Ben Paulsen doubled in another run to bring the Rockies within three runs. With two runners in scoring position, it was all up to Nick Hundley to keep the rally going. He worked the count to 2-2 but struck out swinging on a slider to end the game.

The Rockies play their first game of a doubleheader tomorrow at 2:10 pm.

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